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Devotedness to Christ   4 comments

Devotedness to Christ

Above:  The Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Jno. 11, 16

I.

Thomas knew of the opposition to Jesus at Jerusalem.  He verily believed it meant death to Jesus for him to return to Judea.  But Jesus went to help the sorrowing.

II.

Thomas’ love for Jesus was stronger than life.  He resolved to go with him and called upon the other disciples to go also.  What a beautiful devotion was his.

III.

Jesus calls us, as he had called them, to follow him, to learn of him, and to do his bidding, walk with him in service to others.  “He went about doing good.”  This was his “meat”–Jno. 4. 24.  “I am among you as he that serveth”–Lk. 22, 27.

“By love serve one another”–Gal. 5, 13.  “For ye serve the Lord Christ”–Col. 3, 24.

Great joy in serving him by doing good to others.  It helps a soul find peace to assist one in need.

IV.

But are we only fair-weather Christians?  Shall we not, like Thomas, go with him ever facing danger and sacrifice?  Is he not dearer than all else?  Suffering for Christ’s sake may not be easy, but it is far better to suffer with him than to dwell at ease without him.

May our hearts be brave to walk close to his side whatever may come.  Then all will be well and we shall triumph at last.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Colossians   1 comment

Colossians

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/content-and-object-of-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-preeminence-of-christ/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/the-indwelling-christ/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-culture-of-the-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/let-peace-arbitrate/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-word-laid-up-in-the-heart/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/dead-yet-alive/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/love-the-all-important-thing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/saved-for-good-works/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/devotedness-to-christ/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/continue-in-prayer/

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The Culture of the Heart   1 comment

Col. 3, 8-17

1.  The inducements offered to cultivate the heart.

(1)  The capability of the heart to respond to cultivation.

(2)  The eternal harvest resulting from its cultivation emphasizes its importance and stimulates one for the undertaking.

2.  Hindrances to growth should be removed.  Malevolent affections should be crushed out.  Anger, malice, evil speaking, etc. are enemies of one’s peace and growth.  Put them away!

3.  Then put on the graces that adorn the soul–“a heart of compassion,” etc.

(1)  These beautify and strengthen the heart.  Their importance cannot be overestimated.  The heart is barren without them.

(2)  Let love crown them all as “a perfect bond.”  Give love the right-of-way.

(3)  Add an ever-increasing knowledge of God’s word.

(4)  Do all in His name–leave off all that can’t be done in that name.

4.  His grace shall abound unto all who thus live.  Every day shall add something of sweetness and strength until when he shall be made manifest we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Let Peace Arbitrate   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

Not that there is anything wrong with being amused….

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Col. 3, 15

1.  His is a kingdom of peace.  He rules in love and offers peace to all who will receive it.  “Peace I leave with you.”

2.  Ours is an experience of peace.  “Justified by faith we have peace.”  This is a first mark of his children.  He gives conscious pardon & communion with himself, no longer hostile to God but at peace with Him.

3.  We are to enthrone peace in our hearts and let it arbitrate in every conflict.  We must do nothing contrary to our peace, allow nothing to destroy it.

(a)  Will worldly amusements disturb peace–a sense of His presence and approval?   Then let them alone–refer it to your peace & then decide?

(b)  Do unkind thoughts & speech disturb one’s peace?  Then bid them be gone.  Let peace rule or arbitrate.

4.  Here is the trouble so many find; they violate the mandates of peace.  Seek peace & having found it cast it not away by doing anything that disturbs or destroys it.

5.  Destroy not another’s peace by offending his conscience though it be weak.  “Destroy not him for whom Christ died.”  Hold to peace.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Word Laid Up in the Heart   2 comments

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Above:  Reading the Bible

A Currier & Ives Lithograph from Circa 1848

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Ps. 119, 11 & Col. 3, 16

1.  The Bible is an inspired book revealing the truths of God we need to know.  Is of more consequence than man’s words.  As certainly His will as if we should hear Him audibly speak.

2.  It gives needed, explicit warning to all touching the fact of sin and its consequences.  Every evil known is dealt with either specifically or in clear and comprehensive generalities.

3.  It prescribes full, sufficient remedies for every sin, both as to past transgression and how to avoid it in the future.  It is the law of life to us, not mere advice.  It is the light for our path, our chart and compass.

4.  It has exceeding, great and precious promises for all who will heed its admonitions.  Thousands have gone home to glory rejoicing in their fulfillment.

5.  But it is not enough to own a copy of the scriptures.  We must “lay it up in our hearts” that we sin not.  There the Spirit will mightily help us thereby.  “If ye love me ye will lay my commandments to heart,”–keep them.  Pity we neglect it so.  We ought to lay it up in our hearts, meditate therein daily, to become mighty in the Scriptures, and our own lives be filled with its music!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Dead, Yet Alive   2 comments

Gal. 2, 20

1.  Nothing can pas to a higher realm except it is lifted by the power of the higher realm

(1)  Inanimate passes to the vegetable

(2)  and the vegetable to the animal by this in order to the higher life.

“Inanimate matter cannot become living except under the influence of matter already living.”–Lord Kelvin

2.  Paul felt this higher life–Christian–laying hold upon him.  “I died–was crucified with Christ” (Gal. 5, 24).  Self–the old sinful, self-willed self is crucified.  He was in the way and had to die.  Death to sin must occur (Gal. 5, 17).

3.  “I live, yet not I.”  I still have a conscious being, but am actuated by new principles, ideals, and impulses–it is Christ in me.  I died, but I rose again (Col. 3, 1).  Christ is reincarnated in me.  He dominates my whole being.  “All things are become new” in Him.

4.  This life I now live by faith in Him.  My will, my freedom of choice is not gone but I gladly choose Him and will to do His will.  “I die daily”–by faith I stay dead.

5.  His love supports my faith.  He “gave Himself up for me.”  This makes my confidence in Him strong.  Can I fear to trust One who loved me so much as to die for me?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Love, the All-Important Thing   3 comments

1 Cor. 13, 13

I.  The importance of love (vs. 1-3)

Nothing avails if divorced from love.  It is the sine qua non of Christianity.  Who fails here fails utterly & fatally.  Nothing can take its place.

II.  What love can do

It meets every demand of law and gospel.  Is equal to any demand of life.  Love seeks the good–the very best.  Love never fails though we live in a world of change.

III.  “Now abideth faith, hope, love.”

Faith–confidence in God.

Hope–anticipation of the future.

Love–devotion to God and the right.

These change not, and will not pass away.  Being eternal in their nature, they abide.

IV.  How great is love!

There is no Christianity without it and no holiness beyond it.  In time and eternity it abideth the same change less passion.  It is the “perfect bond” holding together all the graces of the heart.–Col. 3, 14

How we ought to strive to love more and more–1 Thes. 3, 12 & 4, 10.  We should seek to grow in this grace everyday.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT